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Manufacturing Engineer - Tooling

Date: Jan 16, 2023

Location: East Cowes, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About GKN Aerospace


A Truly Global Business 

Every day, around the world, we help aircrafts fly further, faster and greener.  We’re the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components. With over 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 13 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.8bn.


Together as “one GKN” we’re moving our business and industry forward developing technologies that rapidly decarbonise aircraft, and innovating to help build a new generation of planes that produce zero emissions.  We’re putting sustainability at the heart of what we do; driving our objective to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business before 2050! 


Making a Difference 

It’s great to know you’re making a difference to the future of aviation! Whatever part you play you’ll be helping us deliver operational excellence to our customers.


Sitting across our three business lines; Civil, Defence and Engines at our East Cowes manufacturing plants you’ll do just that. Established in 1901, one of our older production sites with a workforce of circa 800 employees. Our East Cowes plants, Isle of Wight are where we design, manufacture, test and repair high performance structures and systems. We have two facilities on the Island; Falcon Yard, Ferry Road and Osborne Site, Saunders Way. Both locations employ the company’s distinct competencies in major assemblies and composite structures for the global aerospace market. Our customer base includes Airbus, Astronics, BAE Systems, Boeing, Bombardier Aerospace, Cessna, Cobham, Honeywell, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce and Triumph.

Job Summary


Based in our East Cowes site on the Isle of Wight, the Tooling Engineer will be working across both our Civil and Defence Business Lines. Reporting in to the Manufacturing Engineer Manager, the successful incumbent will join our team of between 6-10 Manufacturing Engineers and will need to be flexible for very limited ad-hoc travel, nationally and internationally. 

Job Responsibilities


  •     The development of tooling solutions to complex problems through the implementation of tooling, from original concept through to production.
  •     Designing tooling for high degree of process capability using Catia V5 utilizing the GKN standard Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) tool suite to demonstrate as such.
  •     Accountable for tool fabrication quotes, tooling input for new product quotes, tooling configuration changes that involve cost estimation, schedule coordination & implementation
  •     Exemplifying a safety-first mind-set and ensuring compliance with the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards.
  •     Utilizing root cause analysis, preventative and corrective action to reduce/eliminate non-conformances.
  •     Continuously improve production processes by implementing Lean initiatives

How You'll Contribute


To help us make a difference, you’ll bring your passion and expertise/ talent for what you do along with the following skills, experience, qualifications and attributes:



  • A HNC qualification within an Engineering related subject or equivalent 
  • Demonstrable experience of using Catia V5 
  • Significant experience in Tool Design within the Manufacturing industry 
  • Experience of addressing issues within the supply chain; internal and external  


  • Working knowledge of quality system models such as ISO9000, AS9100, or D1-9000
  • Background in Aerospace industry 
  • Familiarity with AS9145 APQP process or equivalent
  • Understanding and use of an ERP system
  • Experience of interpreting aged drawings
  • Green Belt Certified 

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do. The Manufacturing Engineer- Tooling will be a process driven individual with a strong ability to work to tight deadlines and will be flexible in their approach around additional hours to fulfil customer requirements. The Manufacturing Engineer- Tooling will be meticulous in their approach and be able to maintain positive team relationships with internal and external customers as well as co-workers.

What We'll Offer


Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:

•    Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
•    Life Assurance 8 x salary
•    190 hours holiday + bank holidays
•    Income protection
•    Shopping discounts
•    Cycle To Work Scheme
•    Employee Assistance Programme
•    A collaborative, dynamic working environment 

As well as a competitive package we’ll offer you a world of opportunity. We want to see your career fly!  We’ll support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities.  That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you! 

Why Join Us


A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working


Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute.  It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’ last year.  By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work.


We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.

Join us and keep the world moving … click on the link below to apply